Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Milan Furniture Fair

The Milan Furniture Fair is considered to be
the most important design fair in the World.

It is held in Milan City, Italy, this year from Wednesday, April 16, 2008 to Monday, April 21, 2008.

Now it is unlikely that you will actually go to the Fair so what does it have to do with our teaching of design?
For designers it is major news - ranking up their with the SuperBowl, Academy Awards or the Olympics.

You can get design education lesson ideas by following the discussions and press coverage on the Internet. For example, this year there is an interesting discussion about whether or not you prefer the clean lines of Danish Modern or the stylish curves of Italian Style. Showing examples and getting students to talk about their own choices of clothes, decorations in their rooms, etc. in relation to simple clean design or elegant Italian styling would be a good starter discussion for a class of Middle or High School students. Plan a lesson to coincide with the Fair next year so students can join in the excitement.

Just Google "Milan Furniture Fair" and you will see much more than furniture in this most important design event every year. The official web site is good to see but is in Italian so some of the World press coverage in English might be more practical for those of us who can't read Italian.

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